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‘Mensonge’: The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable ‘Souvenirs’ of Charles Nodier
Matthew Gibson
2016
Source PublicationGothic Studies
ISSN1362-7937
Volume18Issue:1Pages:34-56
Abstract

Charles Nodier (1780'1844), librarian, occultist, entomologist and pioneer of the Fantastic in France was also a consummate liar in his many biographical souvenirs, a fact which led Bryan Rogers to understand him as attempting to find consolation in a 'superior truth' in his memoirs to that of his own lived experience, while H'l'ne Lowe-Dupas has remarked more on his use of the language of theatre in these memoirs in order, amongst other things, to render experience less chaotic. By detailing the nature of his lies in two souvenirs 'Les Prisons de Paris sous le Consulat' (1826) and 'Suites d'un mandat d'arr't' (1834), the current article seeks to locate the falsehoods as being more firmly rooted in his symbiotic rationale for Fantastic fiction, and demonstrate how his lies have a more scientific justification, helping him to extend historical truth before it is shown to be demonstrable.

KeywordFrench Revolution Fantastic Autobiography Napoleon Guillotine Enlightenment Philosophy Science
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.7227/GS.0004
Language英语
WOS Research AreaArts & Humanities - Other Topics
WOS SubjectHumanities, Multidisciplinary Document Information
WOS IDWOS:000418023000003
PublisherMANCHESTER UNIV PRESS, ALTRINCHAM ST, FLOOR J, RENOLD BUILDING, MANCHESTER M1 7JA, ENGLAND
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CollectionDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Corresponding AuthorMatthew Gibson
AffiliationUniversity of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Matthew Gibson. ‘Mensonge’: The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable ‘Souvenirs’ of Charles Nodier[J]. Gothic Studies,2016,18(1):34-56.
APA Matthew Gibson.(2016).‘Mensonge’: The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable ‘Souvenirs’ of Charles Nodier.Gothic Studies,18(1),34-56.
MLA Matthew Gibson."‘Mensonge’: The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable ‘Souvenirs’ of Charles Nodier".Gothic Studies 18.1(2016):34-56.
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